Doesn’t it always seem like there is not enough time set aside for lesson planning?!! This really stinks because I truly enjoy the planning process. It makes me feel and be a better teacher when I know what’s going on. Well planned out and prepared for lessons always turn out the best. Its pretty easy to figure out what needs to be taught and writing up lesson plans but I count creating the materials as part of the planning process too. I *usually* create my own teaching materials because I enjoy it and helps me prepare mentally to know what I’m doing.
I recently had to create a new template for lesson planning because my principal asked that teachers add a few more sections on our lesson plans, so I thought I’d share my new template for planning. I love seeing what other teachers do! It give me great ideas to help stay more organized! As much as I loved my last system, I am loving my new system even more. I like being able to look at my week all on one page but there isn’t enough room to write all the necessary stuff even on a two page spread.
My new lesson template includes my week at a glance that I like but has one page per day after that. Having a whole page for my lesson plans makes all the difference, plus, I find myself writing important information on them through out the week that I don’t have room for on my other template. I print it front and back to cut down on paper usage, which makes 3 pages per week. I’m okay with printing 3 pages per week for plans! As a side note: cutting down on paper usage is a big deal at my school.
Why was I in a rush to get out of the school doors on Friday? Because of this:
It was a girls weekend in Atlanta! I’m in the process of writing this post while in the car ride back home! Four adults and 3 children. BLAST! I so hope that I have little girls when my hubby and I decide to start having kids just so that we can do American Girl Doll Parties like this one! :) I need to go ahead and get a second and third job just to save so I can pay for it all.